Archives for Laurie Macfarlane

Author: Laurie Macfarlane

VIDEO: How can civil society​ ​tackle​ ​inequalities​ without​ ​increasing​ ​divisions​?

On 30 October people from across civil society gathered to discuss an important question: how​ ​can​ ​we​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​address specific​ ​inequalities​ ​in​ ​our​ ​society without​ ​increasing​ ​divisions​ ​between communities​ ​and​ ​groups? The meeting is one of dozens of independently organised Conversations being hosted around the country, the insights of which are playing an important …

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5 reasons why Facebook should be in (global, cooperative) public ownership

Just like the railway, Facebook is a private monopoly running a public service. We, the public, don’t have real competition and consumer choice, but we don’t have a democratic say as citizens either. The internet has been a virtual wild west, fast-moving and little regulated, with tech companies competing for territory. But now there are clear natural monopolies …

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Lessons from Shirebrook: Economic change is nothing new – civil society must shape it, or be shaped by it

To say that society is shaped by the relations underpinning the way that economic activity is organized is not a new idea. It is most famously associated with Karl Marx, but you don’t have to be a Marxist to recognise that culture, customs and civic life are all to some degree influenced by economic forces. …

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Event feedback: Marks Gate

Civil Society Futures Marks Gate workshop The basics: Who? Active citizens of Marks Gate, Barking and Dagenham What? Discussing the future of Marks Gate, and the forces shaping it Where? St Marks Church, Barking. When? 6:30pm, 27th June, 2017 Why?  This was part of Goldsmith’s research Insights: (what stood out for you?) It was clear …

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